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“Rock Me to Sleep Mother”

“Rock Me to Sleep Mother”

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Rock Me to Sleep Mother.” The song’s lyrics were written by Florence Percy (the pen name for Elizabeth Akers Allen) and the music was composed by John H. Hewitt. The sheet music was published by Julian A. Selby of Columbia, South Carolina in 1861. The song expresses a desire to give up the sorrows of life and go back to being a child, being rocked to sleep by mother.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
Date made
Percy, Florence
Hewitt, John H.
composer; lyricist
Lady of Richmond, Virginia
Selby, Julian A.
Place Made
United States: South Carolina, Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Is this the origin of the parody, “leave me to sleep, biddie” ?

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